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The sardines or pilchards are several types of small oily fish related to herrings, family Clupeidae. The terms are not precise, and the usual meanings vary by region; for instance, to many people a "sardine" is a young European pilchard[?]. (FishBase's list of common names shows at least six species called just "pilchard", over a dozen called just "sardine", and many more with the two basic names qualified by various adjectives.)

Canned "sardines" seen in supermarkets may actually be sprats[?] or round herrings[?].

Genus Dussumeria

Genus Escualosa

Genus Sardina

Genus Sardinella

Genus Sardinops

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